The First Class

Golden Classics

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One of the biggest summer hits ever was the song"Beach Baby" released in 1974 by a group of studio musicians called the First Class that was led by the writing team of John Carter and Gillian Shakespeare. The duo were , at the time, the British equivalent of the Brill Building group and were responsible for many hits during the late '60s and early '70s in England. The name First Class was dreamed up by Carter and a number of studio greats were brought in to sing on the record. In the style of the Beach Boys, the harmonies of the song were what made it an instant hit in America and it is still a regular favorite on oldies radio. Golden Classics compiles 14 similar tracks taken from a number of U.K.-only albums and singles as well as the band's only North American album released on the U.K. label in 1974.

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